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How many games will the Eagles win with Sanchez? - BGN
How far can the Eagles' backup quarterback take them?

Handing out 10 awards from the Eagles-Texans game -
What Maclin has done a year after tearing his ACL is remarkable. Over the last two games, Maclin has 18 catches for 345 yards and four touchdowns. For the season, he has 45 catches for 790 yards and eight TDs, which projects to 90-1580-16 on the season. At this point in the season, there's a strong argument to be made that he has been the Eagles' most valuable player and the favorite to land the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year Award. Maclin is going to be a free agent after this season. He's going to get paid.

Sanchez Gets His Chance - Iggles Blitz
I thought Sanchez threw the ball well. His 2 TDs both came in the Red Zone and they were terrific throws. One was a fade to Jordan Matthews that had great touch. The ball went right over the DB and Matthews was able to pluck it smoothly. The other TD was a low throw to Maclin where only he could make the play. That was aggressive, but smart. Sanchez threw one deep ball and connected with Maclin for a gain of 52. Mac did have to slow down for the ball or that could have been a TD. Sanchez didn’t play like a backup. He was confident and aggressive. The offense kept moving at a high tempo pace until late when they slowed down to work the clock. Jason Kelce had several bad snaps, but Sanchez got them all and never panicked.

Eagle Eye: The All-22 Of Sanchez's Game -
Overall, I thought Sanchez was very good against Houston. He looked very comfortable, made some very nice throws and executed the offense well coming in cold in the second quarter. The loss of Foles is tough for this offense, but I wholeheartedly believe Chip Kelly when he says he is confident in Sanchez to run the game plan. It’s great having a veteran quarterback like him on your roster to step in when your starter goes down, and he proved that on his first touchdown pass of the game to rookie Jordan Matthews.

Accuracy and Execution in the Red Zone - ChipWagon
Last week I did a deep dive into the issues the Eagles were having in the red zone through the first 7 weeks of the season. I mention in that post that Chip seemed to be doing a good job of scheming player into one on one opportunities but the players simply weren't executing. Whether it was poor throw from Foles, a drop from a WR, blocking up front, etc. The Eagles had 3 red zone opportunities yesterday and they scored TDs on all 3 (note, we had one possession just on the outskirts of the 20 and Sanchez got sacked on 3rd down). How did they do it? There's no magic, razzle dazzle, or innovative scheme changes here. Just excellent execution highlight by Mark Sanchez's accuracy and good execution from the OL up front.

Game Review: Eagles Offense Vs. Texans - Birds 24/7
Chris Polk - Great game. He has a completely different running style and aims to punish defenders. Polk picked up 22 on a sweep in the third, lowering the boom on a defensive back instead of going out of bounds. He scored on a split zone run up the middle from 8 yards out. Polk had another run of 6 yards and moved the chains on a 3rd-and-1 carry. Overall, eight carries for 50 yards. He should be involved more going forward.

Chip Kelly: Eagles 'very confident' in Mark Sanchez - Inquirer
"I feel great about Mark. We felt great about him all along," Kelly said. "I always said you need two quarterback. ...I thought he did a great job in our system. He played outstanding in the preseason and showed no rust when he got in there against Houston yesterday. We feel real confident. We feel obviously really bad for Nick that he’s out, but we feel very confident in Mark if we have to go in that direction."

What does DeMeco Ryans mean to Eagles defense? - The 700 Level
Ryans brought leadership and stability to an Eagles defense that desperately needed both. No defender in the NFL played more snaps in 2013 than Ryans, in a 3-4 defense his previous employer didn’t believe he was suited for no less. This season, he was holding together an interior deprived of Mychal Kendricks for four games, playing alongside the likes of Casey Matthews, Emmanuel Acho and Marcus Smith.

The Eagles can win without Foles - ESPN Insider
Now, did Foles play poorly in 2013? Not at all. He was pretty good (our No. 17-rated QB), but he certainly wasn't as good as his NFL passer rating suggested. Fast forward to 2014, and not only are those interceptions actually counting against him, but he's been playing poorly outside of throwing picks. A full 12 percent of his passes have been overthrown with receivers open. It's not a protection issue, as he's being pressured on an identical percentage of plays this year as last year (34 percent), but this time it's affecting him much more. He's already thrown five interceptions when under pressure (against zero last year) and his PFF grade has declined from minus-0.8 to minus-7.8.

Washington Redskins: loud talk, little action, more losses than wins - WashPo
What’s important about the Washington Redskins’ boorish behavior isn’t whether Robert Griffin III has the respect of some of his teammates. What matters most is that the franchise continues to be crippled by the leadership vacuum in the locker room, which is among the biggest hurdles Coach Jay Gruden faces in his attempt to rebuild the team. Last Friday, many players showed their immaturity by shouting as Griffin attempted to speak with reporters in the locker room, ignoring a high-ranking team official’s repeated requests to tone it down. And even after Griffin and reporters moved into a hallway, players continued shouting, prompting the official to leave Griffin and address the ringleaders.

[BLG Note: Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.]

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